Ways to Volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society

Volunteers are the Canadian Cancer Society’s strongest assets.  If you only have an hour a month or 4 or 5 hours a week, they will find a way for you to help.  From fundraising activities, health promotion, advocating for prevention, supporting people with cancer, office support and leadership roles, they can find a suitable opportunity that meets your schedule and comfort level.

Please visit the Cancer Society’s volunteer page to obtain more information or give them a call at 1-888-939-3333 to start volunteering today.

www.cancer.ca

Extend the Life of Your Outdoor Living Space

Cooling temperatures and the arrival of pumpkin spice everything doesn’t mean that you need to head indoors just yet. Using your outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy the changing of the season and enjoy some outside time. Consider these 8 ways to extend your patio season into the fall.

  1. Add Some Warmth

Making sure that your outdoor living space is still enjoyable and comfortable will encourage you to use the space more often. Consider adding a patio heater that can easily radiate heat in a large of area for you and your guests. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles that fit your budget and the overall look of your outdoor patio area.

  1. Hang Some Lights

You’ll need some extra lighting with the sun setting sooner than it was earlier in the summer. Hang a few strands of lights around the perimeter of your outdoor space in order to add a touch of sparkle to prolong those after-dinner conversations. Choose from different styles that cater to your unique tastes and personality.

  1. Cuddle Up with Throws

As temperatures continue to drop, make sure to always have a stack of fresh, cozy throw blankets ready for friends and family so they aren’t scared back inside by the crisp fall air. Consider storing blankets in a weather-tight box outdoors to keep them dry and ready for use.

  1. Add Some Ambience

To create a truly enjoyable outdoor ambience, consider adding a popular fire pit to your patio to encourage those guests to stay awhile. Not only does a fire pit add an extra layer of warmth but it provides a point of interest to an outdoor living space. Invite friends over to roast some hot dogs over the fire and indulge in gooey s’mores for dessert.

  1. Sip Some Tea

Wrapping up in a cozy blanket to read a book and enjoy a hot cup of tea, or hot chocolate, is the epitome of fall that many homeowners love. Make sure to provide enough side table space next to outdoor chairs for ultimate comfort while diving into a good book. Use a simple outdoor tray to carry sweeteners and sugar cookies to enjoy with your warm beverage.

  1. Leave the Leaves

You may want to immediately rake up fallen leaves on your patio, but consider letting them fall where they may to really set the scene of your outdoor space. The colors of fallen leaves provide those seasonal scents that remind of autumn-and they can be mulched for your fall lawn careneeds.

  1. Add Fall Color

Pumpkins are a welcome addition to any outdoor space this time of year. Pick up a few different shapes, colors and varieties of the orange gourds to add a pop of instant seasonal color to your patio. Stack and store pumpkins on your patio before carving them later in the season.

  1. Have A Game Center

Fall is a great time to enjoy lawn games that carried over from the summer. Many homeowners find that fall is the better season to enjoy a quick game of horseshoes or croquet in the comfortable, cooling temperatures. Create a game center on your patio that is easy for guests to access and invite your friends and family to join you outdoors for a friendly competition.

Extending your patio season is easy with these eight tips to help your patio pop well into the fall.

Source: remax.com

CIBC Run for the Cure

About the CIBC Run for the Cure

In 1992, a small group of volunteers began a movement in Toronto’s High Park. That day they brought 1,500 people together to raise awareness and $85,000 for the breast cancer cause. This marked the beginning of what was to become Canada’s largest single day, volunteer-led event in support of creating a future without breast cancer, the CIBC Run for the Cure. Today, the event has nearly 100,000 participants and raises over $17 million annually in communities across Canada.

The CIBC Run for the Cure began in 1997 as a trailblazing partnership between the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), CIBC and communities across the country. On February 1, 2017, CBCF and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) joined forces under the CCS banner. Together, CCS, CIBC and thousands of dedicated Canadians will continue to raise vital funds for breast cancer through this signature event. We are grateful to CIBC, their employees and clients for their longstanding support, and to the countless volunteers, participants and donors that are helping to change the face of breast cancer.

This event brings together an incredible community of people who have a personal connection to breast cancer and want to show their support. It’s an inspirational day that raises significant funds for CCS, the largest charitable funder of breast cancer research in Canada. CCS invests these dollars in the most promising breast cancer research that is leading the way in prevention, diagnosis and treatment and care, as well as funding Canada’s leading breast cancer patient support network, which works to improve the quality of life and the emotional support needed for those affected by this disease.

As breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian women and touches the lives of so many families every day, the CIBC Run for the Cure gives families, friends, and supporters the opportunity to join together in honouring their loved ones, and making a real difference.

Although the race has already taken place this year, consider signing up next year to raise money for this worthy cause.

For more information, visit cancer.ca

Source: www.cibcrunforthecure.com

Transform Your Home into a Haunted House

Now that we are well into October, the countdown continues as people wait in anticipation for the creepiest night of the year: Halloween. Want to give people the chills as they wander past your house on All Hallow’s Eve? Here are a few decor tips.

Outdoors

Tombstones: Give guests the creeps with a small graveyard in front of your house with tombstones. A great DIY project can be found on the Lowes blog. For a spookier effect, add some fake bones sticking out of the ground.

Smoke: A fog machine may be pricey, but it can really up the level of haunt your house will have. Think the graveyard scene from Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Jack-O-Lanterns: A Halloween classic for a reason. The soft light fits right in with your spooky vibe…and will light the way for guests.

Sound effects: Scratching on windows, blood-curdling screams, witches cackling. Say no more! Play some sound effects to get guests pumped for their journey inside of the house.

Indoor Decor:

Set the tone: The most important part of a haunted house is the feeling people get when they enter. Play some eerie music as guests walk through. Dim the lights or light some candles for a haunting atmosphere.

Cobwebs galore: Decorative cobwebs always add that old, chilling element to a haunted house. Dry some flowers and put them on your mantle or table with the cobwebs. Or string the cobwebs in corners and over mirrors or lights with some fake spiders.

Bones and more: Adding a few skulls or skeletons around the house will really add to the effect. Extra props for putting a big one in a rocking chair.

Paintings/pictures: Make people question, “Are those eyes following me?” Pillage your local thrift store or yard sales for some old portraits that induce chills.

Crystal Ball: Scavenge for a crystal ball or a DIY one and give this Haunted Mansion inspired prop a try.

Ghosts: Have an extra sheet lying around? Throw it over a light and put it in the distance to add an element of mystery to your decor.

Child’s Play: There’s something chilling about a porcelain doll’s stare. Put them out to give adults a flashback to The Twilight Zone.

Source: remax.com

Taking Action Against Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we would like to provide you with some information on how to take action against the disease, courtesy of our charitable partner, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian women. More than 80% of breast cancers occur in women who are 50 and over. This year, CCS estimates that 26,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada and sadly 5,000 women will die from the disease. Men can get breast cancer too although it is much less common, as less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men.

The good news is that early detection and increased screening rates combined with better treatment therapies have resulted in a 44% decrease in the breast cancer death rate since the late 1980’s. Breast cancer is still the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in Canada. It is for these reasons, that we at RE/MAX are committed to supporting breast cancer research, education and support programs.

Health tips
The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that whatever your age, you should know what is normal for your breasts and tell your doctor if you notice any changes.

The charity also recommends that women between the ages of 50 and 69, should also have a mammogram every 2 years. Mammography is the most reliable method of finding breast cancer and can significantly lower the risk of women in this age group dying from the disease.

Breast screening programs vary between provinces. All provinces have breast cancer screening programs for women age 50 to 69. You can make an appointment at a screening centre without a doctor’s referral.

The Canadian Cancer Society also recommends that:
• If you are between 40 and 49, talk to your doctor about your risk of breast cancer, along with the benefits and risks of mammography.
• If you are 70 or older, talk to your doctor about how often you should have a mammogram.

For more information on breast cancer or screening, please visit cancer.ca/breastcancer or call 1-888-939-3333.

Source: blog.bestagent.ca

Make Your Home Stand Out This Fall

The summer selling-season frenzy is over, but fall has just as much (if not more) sales-inducing mojo to offer. The crisp autumn weather gives home hunters new incentive to find that perfect house to snuggle into before the snow comes. Here are some surefire season-sensitive tips to make sure it’s yours that they choose.